How To Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

Learn how to easily create and insert tables into your WordPress posts and pages with no coding skills required …

How To Add Tables In Pages And Posts With WordPress

The ability to easily add tables to your content can be very useful. Tables help you sort and present data to visitors in a format that can make your information easier to understand.

The WordPress visual editor offers many features, but there are some things that it doesn’t let you do by default, such as letting you easily create tables.

Although you can create tables manually in WordPress if you have knowledge of HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), for many non-technical WordPress users, this is not a feasible option.

Fortunately, WordPress plugins let you do almost anything you can imagine, and adding tables is no exception.

In this tutorial you will learn how to easily create and insert tables into your posts and pages without requiring knowledge of HTML or CSS or coding skills.

How To Easily Add Tables In Your Content Without Touching Code

To add tables to your WordPress posts or pages with no HTML or CSS knowledge required, we’ll use a FREE WordPress plugin called TablePress.

TablePress – WordPress Plugin

How To Create And Insert Tables Into WordPress Easily Without Touching Code

TablePress is a great WordPress plugin that makes creating, editing and managing tables in your WordPress posts and pages simple and easy.

TablePress doesn’t require you to have any knowledge or skills coding HTML, CSS, etc. The plugin provides a simple user interface that lets you easily edit table data. Your tables can contain any type of data, even formulas.

An additional JavaScript library can be used to include features like pagination, sorting, filtering, and more for site users. You can easily insert tables into your pages and blog posts using shortcodes and display these using text widgets.

A table can also be imported and exported from/to CSV files (e.g. from Excel), HTML files, and JSON formats.

TablePress was developed by Tobias Bäthge and is licensed as Free Software under GNU General Public License 2 (GPL 2).

How To Use TablePress WordPress Plugin – Tutorial

To create and manage tables in WordPress posts and pages, install and activate the TablePress plugin.

You can download this plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from your WordPress Dashboard …

How To Easily Insert Tables Into WordPress Pages And Posts With No Programming Skills Required

After the plugin has been installed and activated, you will see a new menu item in your admin menu called TablePress

How To Create And Add Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

Click on TablePress and choose Plugin Options from the submenu list …

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages In WordPress

The “Plugin Options” section controls your plugin styling and display settings …

How To Insert Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

For example, in the “User Options” section, you can specify where the TablePress menu entry appears on your WP admin menu.

Normally, the menu entry appears around the middle of your menu bar. If you plan to use this plugin often, then you can position the menu option closer to the top of your Dashboard menu by specifying “Top-level (middle)” on the User Options > Admin menu entry dropdown menu …

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

The TablePress menu entry will now display at the top area of the admin menu …

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

You can also play with other plugin options in the “Plugin Options” screen, such as formatting styles for your tables, default language, etc. Leave the settings as they are if you don’t need to change things in this section.

With TablePress, tables are created and modified inside the plugin area. Tables are then added via a shortcode into your WordPress posts and pages. The tables will then display when publishing your post.

The advantage of doing this is that you can easily modify the data inside your tables without having to open any of your posts and pages. TablePress then updates all of your table data in all instances where the table has been added to your content.

To create a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

How To Create And Insert Tables Into WordPress Posts And Pages  Without Programming Skills

Enter the name, an optional description, and the number of rows and columns you want for the new table into the “Add New Table” form in the Add New tab, and click on the Add Table button to create your new table. You can change the name, description and size of any tables you create at anytime…

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Once the new table has been created, it will appear in the “All Tables” list and get assigned a unique Shortcode ID …

How To Add Tables To WordPress

The TablePress shortcode allows you to easily add tables anywhere in your content simply by typing or copying and pasting the shortcode wherever you want to display your table …

How To Add Tables In WordPress

Once you have created a new table, adding content to it is really easy.

In the “Table Content” section, click in the cell and either type or paste your content. You can add text, images and format your content (e.g. add bold text, insert links, etc …)

How To Create And Insert Tables Into WordPress Posts And Pages  Without Programming Skills

Once your new table is created, additional options appear that let you configure your table.

For example, in the “Table Options” area you can specify the first row of your table to be the table header or the last row of the table to be the table footer, make the background of consecutive rows alternate in colour, highlight a row when visitors hover their mouse over the table, display the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

How To Add Tables Into Your Content In WordPress

You can also modify your table information after it has been created in the “Table Manipulation” subsection. You can perform a number of table operations, like adding images and links, hiding, showing, inserting, deleting and duplicating selected rows and columns, adding new rows and columns, combining cells, etc …

Creating And Adding Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

You can also enable JavaScript library features in your tables, such as allowing your site users to sort, filter and search your table content, set the number of table rows displayed on your post (and also allow visitors to change the number of rows displayed), display table information, etc …

How To Add Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

You can see how your table looks anytime, by clicking the Preview button …

How To Create And Add Tables In Pages And Posts In WordPress

A preview window will open in your browser allowing you to preview the table. Certain features such as the JavaScript options are disabled in preview mode, but will display when your post or page is published …

How To Easily Create And Add Tables To WordPress

Click the Save Changes button when finished to update your new table data …

How To Add Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

To view a list of all your tables TablePress > All Tables

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages In WordPress

Your tables are listed here. You can edit, see the shortcode, copy, export, delete and preview tables …

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

How To Use The Shortcode To Insert Tables Into Your Page Content

You can embed a table into pages and posts with a shortcode.

You can get the shortcode for your tables by clicking on the Show Shortcode menu item under your table title to get the shortcode …

Adding Tables In WordPress Content

The plugin also adds a menu item to your WordPress editor. This allows you to easily insert tables into your posts and pages while working on your content.

Place your cursor where you want the table to show then click the TablePress menu icon …

Adding Tables In Pages And Posts With WordPress

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Visual Editor Screen

Note: You can also add a table when working in the “Text” area of the WP editor …

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

TablePress Menu Icon In Text Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon displays a list of your available tables.

Select the table you want to embed in the post or page and click Insert Shortcode

How To Easily Insert Tables Into WordPress Posts And Pages Without Coding Skills

Your TablePress shortcode will be placed in the location you specified …

How To Insert Tables Into WordPress Posts And Pages Easily With No Coding Skills Required

Publish the post or page to display your table and table contents …

Adding Tables In Pages And Posts In WordPress

As stated earlier, one of the great things about TablePress is that you can change data after publishing the table without having to open your post or page. Just tweak the content in the plugin area, then save your new table settings and refresh your post to view the updated content.

Another great time-saving feature of this plugin, is that if you plan to keep adding more data to an existing table, you can simply export your current table, then add new data, make changes, etc. You can then re-import your table file with the news changes and your table content will be automatically updated throughout your site.

To export a table, select TablePress > Export a Table in the WP admin menu …

How To Insert Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

In the “Export Tables” section, choose the table(s) to export (you can select multiple tables by holding down the “Ctrl” key), then select the Export Format you want(e.g. CSV) and any other export options you’d like to make and click on the Export Table button to download the file to your hard drive …

How To Easily Create And Add Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

After editing and resaving your file, you can then re-import the table into WordPress.

To import a table, go to your menu and select TablePress > Import a Table

How To Add Tables To WordPress

TablePress can import tables from existing data, such as CSV file data, from a spreadsheet application (e.g. Excel), an HTML file, or its own JSON format.

To import a table, select and enter the source in the “Import Tables” section. You can import multiple tables from a compressed (ZIP) file and choose whether to import a table as a new table or to replace an existing table.

Adding Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

For more information about TablePress, including where to access documentation about extra features, get technical support, contact the plugin developer, etc., click on the “About Tab” in the plugin admin section, or select TablePress > About TablePress

Creating And Inserting Tables  With WordPress

As you can see, TablePress is an extremely useful time saving plugin that is free and will help you easily create and add tables into your page content.

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